Story: Te tāhere manu – bird catching

Tāhei snare

Tāhei snare

The tāhei snare consisted of a number of hanging nooses. Fowlers identified trees, streams or pools that were visited by birds. Tūī were snared on the kōwhai tree in flower, and on smaller trees. Large numbers were often caught, and were described in the saying ‘Me te raparapa tuna’ (like a row of eels spitted by the fire).

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Reference: Elsdon Best, Forest lore of the Maori. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1942

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Basil Keane, 'Te tāhere manu – bird catching - Snaring methods: tākiri and tāhei', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/11987/tahei-snare (accessed 18 August 2019)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007